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Regular Action FAQs

I submitted my materials, so why don’t I see them in my status portal yet?

Your checklist will appear in your application portal approximately two weeks after the application deadline.


What if I can’t submit my transcripts and recommendations before the deadline?

Not to worry! We will still accept required components sent by other people, such as transcripts and recommendations, after the January 4 deadline so long as your application (i.e. the essays, activities, self-reported coursework, etc.) has been submitted on time. Focus on what you can control, and trust the process. If you see that a document is still missing when your checklist appears in mid-January, please follow up with your teacher or counselor to get it submitted as soon as possible. Your application will not be adversely affected if outstanding materials arrive after the deadline.


When will I hear about an interview?

After you submit your application, you may be contacted by an Educational Counselor (EC) for an interview, depending on the capacity in your region. An EC will contact you at the email address you provided on your application, so please check your inbox and respond promptly! Most Regular Action interviews will take place in January. If we are unable to offer you an interview, it will be waived, and it will not impact your application in any way.


What if I can’t get my financial aid application completed before the deadline?

Again, don’t worry! The Regular Action deadline is February 15 for financial aid, and awards are released in mid-March. That said, we accept financial aid applications on a rolling basis after the deadline—and if you would like to wait until you learn if you are admitted, that is fine too. It will not impact your application for admission in any way, nor will it affect the amount of financial aid that you receive.


What if I don’t see my CSS Profile in my portal?

It can take up to 10 working days for materials to show up in your student portal. If after 15 working days (give it a few extra, just in case), you still don’t see the financial aid documents in your portal, you can contact the Student Financial Services team at [email protected]—and be sure to include your full name as it appears on your application!


Do you provide a fee waiver for the CSS Profile?

MIT is not able to offer a CSS Profile fee waiver directly, but some students are able to have the fee waived by the College Board. You are also welcome to wait until you learn if you’ve been admitted before submitting the application. We accept financial aid applications on a rolling basis—it will not impact your application for admissions in any way, nor will it impact the amount of financial aid that you receive.


When will the FAFSA be available for the 2024–2025 academic year?

The 2024–2025 FAFSA is now available. Domestic Regular Action applicants should submit it as soon as possible. Financial aid awards are being released on a rolling basis. If you would like to apply for financial aid for the 2024–2025 academic year, you are still able to submit an application. For instructions, check out the Apply for aid section of the SFS website.


Have a different question?

Please check out the website, probably our Apply section, to see if you can find the answer you are looking for. We also have a pretty good search tool and an FAQ section!


Still can’t find the answer?

So that you know, we are experiencing a higher-than-normal volume of email and are working super hard to respond to all of you. However, we will of course answer your questions if you haven’t been able to find the answer online. It just may take us a bit longer than normal, so please be patient—we promise to get back to you!